Some states make juvenile detention mug shots and case information public. In some states, mug shots and case information are only accessible to the parents or guardians of the youth and the juvenile's attorney. Under the court's discretion, a judge may grant access to any legitimately interested person.
Mug shot publishing websites are on the rise, as of 2015. The owners of these sites take mug shots from public records and post them online. They then make money by charging arrestees to take their mug shots down. They take down pictures for free if the arrest falls under certain criteria.